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Metformin therapy appears to significantly improve prognosis in patients with colon cancer and survival in patients with lung cancer, a new study has shown.
Dr Joslyn Ngu, 5 days ago

The main goal of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for TB Control (2016 to 2020) is to reduce tuberculosis (TB) burden by ensuring universal access to timely and quality diagnosis and treatment of all types of TB, and preventing the development of drug resistant TB, says an expert. 

5 days ago
Excessive intake of the mineral manganese can be toxic to the heart, according to a new study.
14 Oct 2017
Electronic home monitoring in children with cystic fibrosis seems to be effective for detecting pulmonary exacerbations (PEx) at an early stage, a recent study reports.
09 Oct 2017
Serum concentrations of angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) appear to predict the tumour staging and prognosis of patients with lung cancer, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis.
Pearl Toh, 09 Oct 2017
Use of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), particularly fluticasone, was associated with an increased risk of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung infections in older people with obstructive lung disease, according to a population-based study in Canada.
09 Oct 2017
Pleural fluid lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) and glucose are useful parameters for evaluating severity of paediatric community acquired complicated pneumonia (PCACP), according to a study. Measurements of both parameters strongly correlate with prolonged hospitalization as an indirect indicator of disease severity.
Special Reports
04 Oct 2017
At the Malaysian Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Congress 2017 held recently in Kuala Lumpur, Associate Professor Pang spoke on the importance of influenza vaccination in patients with chronic respiratory diseases and lung cancer, highlighting the benefit of quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs) in providing a wider spectrum of protection against influenza types A and B.
07 Aug 2017
Persons with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of influenza-associated hospitalization.
04 Aug 2017
Tiotropium/olodaterol (Spiolto® Respimat®, Boehringer Inghelheim) is the latest dual bronchodilator therapy available in Malaysia for COPD. 
04 Aug 2017
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth cause of global mortality, with experts predicting a potential future rise in the prevalence rates of COPD. 
25 Jul 2017
Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common global health problem that poses a significant impact on the quality of life and productivity of affected patients. At the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Summit 2017 held recently at  Hilton Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Associate Professor Marysia P Tiongco-Recto was invited by A. Menarini to deliver a lecture on the potential of modern second-generation antihistamines, particularly bilastine (Bilaxten®) in the management of AR.
Dr. Alexander Drilon, 19 Jul 2017
With the dramatic evolution of sequencing technology and emergence of effective targeted therapies, using a comprehensive molecular approach to guide treatment decisions is becoming more accessible and applicable in the clinic. At the recent Foundation Medicine meeting in Hong Kong, Dr Alexander Drilon, clinical director of the Early Drug Development Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, US, discussed the current landscape and potential benefits of comprehensive molecular profiling in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
13 Jun 2017
The common cold is one of the most widespread illness and is a leading cause of visits to the doctor and absenteeism from school and work. While many may see it as merely a harmless inconvenience, the significant repercussions it brings, especially among children cannot be denied. MIMS JPOG recently spoke to Associate Professor Datin Dr Asmiati Abd Hamid to gain her perspectives on the role of zinc and vitamin C in treating paediatric common cold to reduce morbidity and economic losses attributed to the condition.
Conference Reports
Dr Joslyn Ngu, 16 Oct 2017

The main goal of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for TB Control (2016 to 2020) is to reduce tuberculosis (TB) burden by ensuring universal access to timely and quality diagnosis and treatment of all types of TB, and preventing the development of drug resistant TB, says an expert. 

Roshini Claire Anthony, 02 Oct 2017

The addition of the monoclonal antibody interleukin-5 inhibitor mepolizumab to maintenance therapy appears to reduce the rate of exacerbations in patients with eosinophilic phenotype chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to results of the phase III METREX* and METREO** trials presented at ERS 2017.

Elvira Manzano, 01 Oct 2017
The human IgG2 monoclonal antibody tezepelumab reduces asthma exacerbations in patients whose disease remained uncontrolled despite treatment with long-acting beta-agonists and inhaled glucocorticoids, a phase II trial has shown.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 29 Sep 2017

The anti-eosinophilic monoclonal antibody benralizumab improved annual exacerbation rates (AER) in patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma, with the improvement more pronounced with increasing baseline blood eosinophil levels and a history of more frequent exacerbations, pooled analysis of the phase III SIROCCO* and CALIMA** trials showed.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 27 Sep 2017

The dual endothelin-receptor antagonist macitentan shows promise in improving haemodynamics and exercise capacity in patients with inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), according to results of the phase II MERIT-1* trial presented at ERS 2017.

Elvira Manzano, 21 Sep 2017
Switching from bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) ventilation therapy may be safe and cost-effective in patients with obesity hypoventilation syndrome and sleep apnoea, a small study presented at the ERS 2017 has shown.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 21 Sep 2017

Initiating therapy with fluticasone furoate plus vilanterol resulted in improved asthma control over usual care in individuals with symptomatic asthma, according to results of the Salford Lung Study presented at ERS 2017.

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